Josh Gerstein’s piece, “5 questions about John Boehner’s lawsuit against Barack Obama,” in Politico is a frank and candid examination of the pros and cons, both short- and long-term, to both sides in the GOP House lawsuit against the president.
At this point, I consider the lawsuit to be an idiotic and colossal waste of time and taxpayer money. We need to understand that Obama’s executive actions to delay enforcement of certain PPACA provisions are supported by precedent and are good for businesses.
Anyone else ready to admit to not recalling that in 2006 W unilaterally decided not to penalize seniors for missing a deadline to sign up for prescription drug coverage under Medicare? Would anyone go on record as wanting to sue him for that?
Here’s the more delicious bit of irony in all of this.
Businesses and the people who own and run them – the segment of America that the GOP is always claiming to be on the side of – would be the ones to suffer if the delayed Employer Shared Responsibility (ESR) rules were being enforced on the timelines originally written into the law.
(For a quick primer on the ESR, see http://eba.benefitnews.com/health-insurance-exchange/news/employer-shared-responsibility-2743235-1.html)
The only question left for me is how many times the GOP has to jump the shark before anyone except white senior citizens constitute what Gallup recently described as the GOP’s “strongest age group?”
Is it any wonder that when thinking of the future of the GOP I’m reminded of the days when Don Meredith would sing to us on Monday nights?